Three and out: Miller’s value falls in Seattle

Remember when Zach Miller was considered a draft bargain as a member of the Raiders? Well, it’s time to re-think that status now that he’s signed a huge deal with the Seahawks.

In silver and black, Miller was arguably the most reliable pass-catching option for QB Jason Campbell in an offense that lacked a true No. 1 wideout. And while I don’t love WR Sidney Rice from a fantasy perspective, he is clearly the top option for coach Pete Carroll. You might even argue that WR Mike Williams will battle Miller as the second most-targeted receiver in an offense that doesn’t figure to have an explosive pass attack.

Another reason to downgrade Miller is Tarvaris Jackson isn’t someone you would call a reliable starting quarterback. Miller now ranks as more of a high-end No. 2 fantasy option, so consider Owen Daniels, Jimmy Graham and Brandon Pettigrew as more valuable in drafts.

On a positive note, Miller’s absence in the Raiders should mean more targets for Darren McFadden, deep sleeper Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy. Oh, and if you were wondering, little-known Brandon Myers looks like the team’s new starting tight end.

Extra points:

  • The Eagles have signed Ronnie Brown, who will come in and back up LeSean McCoy. If you’re worried about Brown putting a huge dent into McCoy’s carries, don’t be — he’s past his prime at 29 and isn’t about to create a backfield committee. What Brown will be is a terrific handcuff for those fantasy owners who land McCoy in Round 1.
  • The Rams also added a backup runner to their roster on Tuesday, signing Jerious Norwood to support incumbent starter Steven Jackson. Norwood, who is coming off a torn ACL in his right knee, is no threat to Jackson’s fantasy value. In fact, Norwood isn’t even an attractive handcuff in most leagues. At best, he’ll have late-round value in deeper PPR leagues.
  • The Nashville Tennessean reports that Javon Ringer has been running with the first-team offense at Titans’ practice while Chris Johnson is holding out. That’s an important nugget, as Jamie Harper is clearly not in the race for the second spot on the depth chart. If you take CJ2K in drafts, you absolutely need to target Ringer as insurance somewhere in the late rounds.

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